Dell's recently updated Studio 15 notebook looks to put the sting on other 15-inch laptops by offering an impressive selection of configurable parts without breaking the bank. There's just one problem: it's only available in Singapore. Bummer.
The Studio 15 comes configurable with an optional 15.6 LED HD (720p) backlit display with a 1366 x 768 resolution (15.4-inch 1280 x 800, 1440 x 900, and 1920 x 1200 displays also available) for high definition viewing, aided by ATI's 512 MB Mobility Radeon HD 4570 graphics. On the processor front, Intel's Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4GHz, 3MB cache, 1066MHz frontside bus) comes standard, with CPU upgrade options ramping all the way to Intel's T9800 CPU (2.93GHz, 6MB cache, 1066MHz frontside bus).
Dell offers up to 4GB of DDR2-800 memory when paired with 32-bit Vista, and up to 8GB with 64-bit Vista. Up to a 500GB hard drive, optional integrated X-Fi sound, WiFi, and optional Blu-ray drive round out the feature-set.
A baseline config with an Intel P600 CPU, 3GB of DDR2 RAM, 250GB HDD, 512MB HD 4570, 8X DVD burner, and 15.6-inch 720p display starts at a very reasonable S$1600, which is about $1,050 in U.S. currency.
Gateway continues to groove in the mobile market, this time with a new line of midrange laptops. Kicking off the company's new compact and lightweight TC series are the TC7306u (black) and TC7307u (burgundy) models.
Both notebooks sport the same internal configuration, which consists of an Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile T4200 (2GHz, 1MB, 800MHz frontside bus), 4GB of DDR2-667 memory, Intel GMA 4500M graphics, 8X DVD burner, 320GB hard drive, and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Other specs include a 14-inch 1366 x 768 (16:9) LED backlit display, 1.3MP webcam, WiFi (Draft-N), a multicard reader, and three USB 2.0 ports.
To the power users who will pooh-pooh the processor choice, Gateway says future configurations can include Intel's Core 2 Duo CPUs, as well as an HDMI port and up to a 500GB hard drive. Gateway further indicated that future models might also come equipped with a Blu-ray optical drive and Nvidia's GeForce 9300M graphics depending on demand.
Both the TC7306u and TC7307 are available now with an MSRP set at $650.
Reportedly, Acer is looking to become the number one notebook supplier by 2011. The current king, Hewlett-Packard has a lead on both Acer and Dell who are “neck-and-neck” with a12 percent market share.
Acer’s Chairman, J.T. Wang, suspects that an opportunity now exists that will catapult him to this success. He states that their goals are aggressive, but they have increased PC shipments by 31 percent in Q4 2008, and all the while in the midst of a struggling market.
According to reports, Acer now owns 12 percent of the overall PC market, compared to Dell’s 13 percent and HP’s 19 percent. Wang states that both American and Japanese computer makers have “underestimated the demand for netbooks,” which account for 30 percent of their sales.
It appears as though the mobile sector is gearing up for a dual-screen revolution, or at the very least, we expect to see the concept start to become more readily available. Last month Lenovo introduced its two-screen W700ds Thinkpad, and now gScreen is seeing double.
Unlike Lenevo's W700ds, gScreen's G400 sports two full sized 15-inch LED-backlit displays. Graphics chores are handled with either an Nvidia Quadro FX 2700M or GeForce 9800M GT, both with 512MB of video memory. Other specs include an Intel Core 2 Duo T9600 (2.8Ghz) or P8400 (2.26GHz), up to 8GB of RAM, up 500GB of hard drive space, and the usual assortment of ports.
The company says it is also working on a ruggedized version called the TITAN M-1, which is "being built specifically to specs requested by the U.S. Navy for extreme environments." The internal hardware will be a bit different, not all of which gScreen is wiling to comment on, but did say it will come equipped with an Intel Core 2 Quad QX9300 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive and built to MIL-STD810F standards.
No word yet on price or ship date, but gScreen says customers can reserve the G400 starting February 25th through Amazon.com.
Dressed for success, LG this week announced a new flagship notebook in its XNote series, the LG XNote 510. Sporting an LED backlit 15.4-inch 1,440 x 900 LCD display, the new notebook comes configurable with three different Intel Core 2 Duo processors.
The XNote P510-UP88K brings an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.53GHz, 3MB, 1066MHz frontside bus) to the table, while also serving up 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB hard drive, an external USB optical drive, and 802.11a/g/n. Gaming chores are handled by Nvidia's GeForce GT 130M graphics.
On the next rung sits the P510-UP95K, which ups the ante with an Intel Core 2 Duo T9550 (2.66GHz, 6MB, 1066MHz frontside bus), twice the amount of RAM at 4GB, and a beefier 500GB hard drive.
The LG XNote P510-UP98K is the top model in the series, boasting an Intel Core 2 Duo T9800 (2.98GHz, 6MB, 1066MHz frontside bus), and comes equipped with both a 64GB SSD and 500GB hard drive.
Each model comes with Windows Vista Home Premium and a textured chassis. No word yet on pricing or availability.
Toshiba, always one to bolster their numbers, has added the A10-S3511 and M10-S3411 notebooks to their Tecera line of laptops!
Both of these have a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600, 2GB DDR2 and a 160GB HDD under the hood. And, to help seal the deal they’ve included a built-in webcam, WiFi, Bluetooth, their own EasyGuard technology, a 3-hour battery, and they bring it to you all on Windows Vista Business with a possible downgrade to XP Professional.
The main differences are aesthetic, though the hard drives are different speeds. The A10 has a 15.4-inch WSXGA+ screen, Nvidia Quadro NVS and a 7200rpm drive and costs $1,249. The M10 has a slightly smaller 14.1-inch TFT LCD, integrated Intel GM45 graphics and a 5400rpm drive and costs only $1,100.
While for many the current economy is a sign of the savings, Intel has refused to change their prices. So if you’re looking to get an Intel powered notebook on the cheap, chances are pretty good that you’ll have to wait a bit!
Intel has notified its partners that it will not cut the prices of notebooks until the end of May. If this information holds up to be correct, they’ll probably begin lowering the prices of notebook CPUs by 13-40 percent in June in order to make way for their Calpella platform “based on its partners’ inventory status and demand.”
What does this mean for the average consumer like you and I? Well, until notebook manufacturers get rid of their current inventory, nothing. Absolutely nothing!
According to a report recently published by the FBI, the most stolen gadgets here in the US are laptops, followed closely by cell phones and their smartphone counterparts. And the report is quick to note that the theft numbers of these items is continuing to rise.
Back in 2008 there were 109,000 stolen laptops, and only 18 percent of those made it back to their owners. During the same year nearly 80,000 cell phones were given the five-finger discount, which is an increase of 33 percent from 2006.
TVs are a hot item on the list as well, with 53,000 of them stolen in 2008. Many of these were LCD TVs, which are apparently much easier to steal thanks to their smaller profile. This number is a 130 percent increase from 2006.
Let this be extra incentive to you, folks! Keep your gadgets safe at all times, don’t let them talk to strangers and hope that if they are taken, that you’re in the lucky fraction that get theirs back. We’d certainly want you to be.
The sub-$100 laptop; Bigfoot; Tooth Fairy; AMD's Core i7 killer. You can now add India's $10 laptop to this list of things that don't, and probably never will, exist. Bummer.
India was expected to unveil a low power notebook with 2GB of memory, WiFi connectivity, and storage expansion options all for the incredibly low price of $10 on February 3rd. Perhaps too incredible, because the $10 laptop turned out not to be a laptop at all, nor did it cost just $10. Instead, the $30 device put on display turned out to be a 10 x 5-inch gadget capable of storing information and accessible by connecting it to a laptop. Sounds a lot like a USB key to us, expect this one is apparently capable of printing.
Why do we feel compelled to give a Duke Nukem Forever update at this point?
Forget about the mythical $100 laptop, India's $10 laptop project not only serious undercuts the former price point, but it supposedly exists. The low-cost portable PC represents the efforts of the Indian government's ministry of science and ministry of technology, and a prototype is expected to be unveiled tomorrow in Tirupati, India.
Despite the impending release, specifications still haven't been announced. However, some reports say the $10 laptop will come with 2GB of memory, WiFi connectivity, storage expansion options, and consume just 2W of power.
How it all translates to a single Alexander Hamilton greenback is a mystery, or even the current pre-production cost, which sits at about double. "At this stage, the price is working out to be $20 but with mass production it is bound to come down," R P Agarwal, secretary, higher education said.